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For those journalists who have been monitoring “clean coal” technology over the last few years, it was no surprise to hear that the U.S. Department of Energy has canceled its so-called FutureGen plant, which was to burn coal to produce electricity and then sock away the resulting climate change-causing carbon dioxide emissions underground...

January 31, 2008 — Steven Ashley

Lethal injection doubts reach Supreme Court

There is no doubt that Ralph Baze is a killer, shooting two police officers in the back when they arrived to serve arrest warrants. But there is a doubt that the method the state of Kentucky would use to execute Baze is more humane than he--"cruel and unusual" punishment...

January 7, 2008 — David Biello

James Watson's African Ancestry and more - The Week That Was

Things are really starting to heat up over at Sciam's freewheeling new news firehose, 60 Second Science. Here's what you're missing: James Watson might be 16% black; gods of irony shout,"BUUURN!" Voyager 2 leaves solar system, looking forward to 'new projects with Diddy' Atlantis shuttle crew fends off giant arachnid OMG-we-wish-we-were-kidding-dept: Airborne pig brain matter may cause neurological disorder in pork industry workers How Saturn's 'UFO' Moons formed [video] 10,000 Years of Human Civilization Explained by One Study The Fab Four’s hit singles funded development of CT scanner!...

December 11, 2007 — Christopher Mims

Bali begins: what does your climate treaty look like?

[Re-posted from Greenery & Other Fine Things to Look At] It's time to play name the "son of Kyoto!" Will it be the Bali Breakthrough? Gratuitous Bali photo © David Biello Or, dare I say it, the Copenhagen Consenus (not Lomborg's but some kind of consensus treaty negotiated in that fair city in 2009)?...

December 5, 2007 — David Biello

Nature's climate talks, or is the web a climate savior or climate doom?

[Re-posted from Greenery & Other Fine Things to Look At] You don't have to fly all the way to Bali to participate in some form of climate negotiation, you merely need an avatar and the ability to teleport him, her or it to Second Nature, the Nature journal's archipelago in Second Life...

December 5, 2007 — David Biello

The Choke Factor: How Stereotypes Affect Performance

_____________________ How Stereotypes Shape Performance S. Alexander Haslam, Jessica Salvatore, and Thomas Kessler
University of Exeter, UK Every sports fan has vivid memories of key occasions on which a favorite team or player has 'choked' under pressure...

December 5, 2007 — David Dobbs

Climate change conundrum

Wedged between the IPCC wrapping up its fourth assessment and the Bali negotiations for a "son of Kyoto" (a successor treaty to curb greenhouse gas emissions globally), comes the Scientific American climate change series...

November 26, 2007 — David Biello

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